The Louisville Bank Building
(now Rae’s Jewelry Shop)
100 East Main Street (at Chapel)
Louisville, Ohio 44641-1467
Presumed open during business hours.
This building, first known to me through the postcard image graciously sent by Randy Henning in 2006, prompted a detour in July 2008 through Louisville. The building in question is so unlike the postcard that I wondered if a) this isn’t the proper Louisville (Ohio has two); b) this isn’t the proper address; or c) the old building was demolished and the one shown above was built in its place. The first and second possibilities are easy to answer: the building next to the one in question is clearly the same in both photos. The third possibility is harder to answer, since no architectural detail corresponds between the two buildings, except for the height of the building, which appears to have the same relationship to its neighbor in both cases. Unfortunately, the building was not open at the time of my visit, so I was neither able to ask about its history nor make any architectural observations.
In any event, a sad loss. While the original was not a landmark building, it showed the influence of Louis Sullivan’s work among bankers with progressive ideas.
Historic postcard view courtesy of Randolph C. Henning.